[SydPhil] UNSW PHILOSOPHY SEMINAR | Erik Olsson (Lund): Explicationist Epistemology and Epistemic Pluralism | 17 September 2019

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Explicationist Epistemology and Epistemic Pluralism

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Abstract: I discuss Carnap’s method of explication with special emphasis on its application to epistemology. I observe that explication has the advantage over conceptual analysis of not being vulnerable to the so-called paradox of analysis. Moreover, explicationist epistemology is intrinsically immune to the Gettier problem. I proceed to identify three senses in which the former is inherently pluralistic. For example, it allows for a plurality of legitimate and potentially interesting epistemological projects. Finally, I argue that while there are salient affinities with Alston’s theory of epistemic desiderata, beyond a far-reaching commitment to pluralism, there are also important differences. Above all, Carnap’s methodological outlook is reconstructive in ways in which Alston’s is not.

Bio: Erik J. Olsson is Professor and Chair in Theoretical Philosophy at Lund University, Sweden. His areas of research include epistemology, philosophical logic, pragmatism, and, more recently, epistemological aspects of social networks and search engines like Google. His books include Against Coherence: Truth, Probability, and Justification (Oxford University Press, 2005, paperback 2008), Knowledge and Inquiry: Essays on the Pragmatism of Isaac Levi (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Belief Revision Meets Philosophy of Science (Springer, 2011). Olsson has recently published a trilogy of journal articles (co-written with George Masterton) analysing Google’s foundational PageRank algorithm from a wisdom-of-crowds perspective. He is presently leading a research project funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences investigating Google from the perspective of personalized search, filter bubbles and polarization.

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Speaker: Erik J. Olsson (Lund)

Event Details:

Tuesday, 17 September

Room 209

Morven Brown Building

Kensington Campus, UNSW

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